adjective, more sa·vor·y or (Rare) sa·vor·i·er, most sa·vor·y or (Rare) sa·vor·i·est.
noun, plural sa·vor·ies.
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OTHER WORDS FROM savorysa·vor·i·ly, adverbsa·vor·i·ness, noun
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Definition for savory (2 of 2)
noun, plural sa·vor·ies.
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What does savory mean?
Savory describes the kind of rich flavor that’s most often associated with foods like meats and roasted vegetables.
There are often considered to be five basic taste sensations: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and savory, or umami.
Separately, savory is the name of several kinds of aromatic herbs of the mint family used in cooking, such as ones known as summer savory and winter savory.
In the U.K., the word savory is also used to refer to a fragrant and sometimes spicy course or dish. (Such a dish may or may not be described as savory in the popular sense.)
Example: That roasted mushroom dish was so savory—it had such a dark, rich flavor.
Where does savory come from?
Savory is the adjective form of the word savor, which ultimately derives from the Latin verb sapere, “to taste.” The first records of the use of the word savory as an adjective come from around the 1200s. Originally, it was simply used to describe a pleasing scent or taste. It wasn’t until around the 1500s that it started to be used in its modern sense to specifically describe the kind of rich flavor that chefs and foodies might otherwise call umami.
The flavor we call savory is hard to describe. But you know it when you taste it. It’s definitely not sweet or sour. It may be a bit salty—and salt brings out savory flavors. Steak is savory. Mushrooms are savory. Roasted eggplant is savory. Things described as savory are often rich and dark and have an umami flavor that a food scientist will tell you is usually the result of amino acids dancing with taste receptors in your mouth. By the way, the word umami is Japanese for “savory quality” or “delicious taste.” (And sorry for making you hungry.)
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What are some other forms of savory?
- savoury (British English spelling)
- savoriness (noun)
- savorily (adverb)
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How is savory used in real life?
Savory is used in the context of cooking and eating, and it’s typically used positively to refer to things that taste really good.
#Food #Wine: Inspired by Stone Soup, but More Delicious Alison Roman takes mushrooms, garlic and shallots and transforms them into a spicy, savory, umami-packed noodle soup. https://t.co/7ZvNDtNY6J pic.twitter.com/p3QfZ181pA
— #Wine Guru🍷 (@RealWineGuru) March 29, 2019
The internet says umami is savory. Savory is pot roast. Therefore umami is pot roast. And mushrooms are gross.
— Roger (@RoJoHen) May 12, 2020
— ChelseasMessyKitchen (@chelsmesskitch) March 17, 2020
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Is savory used correctly in the following sentence?
That candy was so sugary and savory that it made my mouth pucker up!
Example sentences from the Web for savory
I thought it was narratively satisfying—but it was not so savory.Michael C. Hall on Where ‘Dexter’ Went Wrong and His New Killer Role in ‘Cold in July’|Melissa Leon|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Each firm, moist piece packs a provocative sweet and savory punch.Become a Fried Seafood Believer at South Beach Market|Jane & Michael Stern|April 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Top it with sweet and savory goop, and proclaim a new era in the world of pizza.Domino’s Fried-Chicken Pizza Means We’ve Hit Peak Food Trolling|Daniel Gross|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The savory smell of stewed meat drifts through the cold air.
The pained back and forth between my sweet side and my savory side.
Timar's first thought was of the savory dish they would make for Timéa's supper.Timar's Two Worlds|Mr Jkai
Others were tolled off to attend to other work, and in half an hour a savory meal was ready.Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
The brown, rather triangular seeds, which retain their vitality about three years, are smaller than those of summer savory.
I sat down with my host and his two sons to a none too savory stew of dried buffalo meat, thickened with pumpkin.A Volunteer with Pike|Robert Ames Bennet
There was comfort in the savory steam puffing out from under the lid of the stew-pan on the stove.Miss Santa Claus of the Pullman|Annie Fellows Johnston